April 25, 2013
Help reduce your horse’s risk of disease by vaccinating.
Think of vaccinating your American Quarter Horses like insuring your cars. If you go without it, you are unprotected and could suffer costly damages. Horse owners need to understand how the health of their horses
We know you want to take the best possible care of your horses. With a membership from the American Quarter Horse Association, you’ll get information on horse health products from AQHA corporate partners like Zoetis and others. With all this information, you’ll be sure to keep your horse happy and healthy.
Unvaccinated horses can be at risk of contracting disease, particularly mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus or eastern or western equine encephalomyelitis. That’s true even in areas where the disease might not be common. For example, the risk of exposure and geographic distribution of eastern equine encephalomyelitis virus varies from year to year.1
Using a new Equine Encephalomyelitis Calculator can help you estimate the risk and costs associated with these mosquito-borne diseases in both vaccinated* and unvaccinated** horses. This calculator can be customized, based on the value of your horse, to evaluate the risk of disease and costs you could incur without vaccinating for West Nile, eastern, western or Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis.
The calculator demonstrates that if left unvaccinated, the average horse can have up to a 12.9 percent risk of clinical disease if West Nile virus affects your premises or barn. Additionally, the calculator estimates costs to be up to $614.86 in unvaccinated horses and $47.91 in annually vaccinated horses. However, with annual vaccination with WEST NILE-INNOVATOR®, your horse can have up to a 30 times lower risk for West Nile virus. The WEST NILE-INNOVATOR line of vaccines help deliver demonstrated protection against West Nile virus and aid in the prevention of viremia caused by West Nile Virus, equine encephalomyelitis due to eastern, western and Venezuelan viruses, and tetanus.
With a variety of different membership options to choose from, joining the American Quarter Horse Association is easy and fast. Join today, and let the benefits, discounts and savings work for you and your American Quarter Horses!
Along with using this calculator, reviewing the American Association of Equine Practitioners guidelines for horse owners can help ensure the health of horses. These guidelines are divided into two categories: core vaccines, which should be administered to all horses, and risk-based vaccines, which should be administered to horses with certain risk factors. Since West Nile virus and eastern or western equine encephalomyelitis viruses are considered to be endemic in all areas of North America, these are classified as core vaccines by AAEP, and therefore all horses should be vaccinated against these diseases.1
In addition to calculating risk, working with your veterinarian in a preventive health care program is the most effective way to help protect your horses against equine encephalomyelitis. Vaccination can help you save more than money — it can help protect the health of your horses.
For more information on WEST NILE-INNOVATOR, contact your Zoetis representative. Call 888-ZOETIS1 (888-963-8471) or visit www.westnileinnovator.com/protect.
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1 American Association of Equine Practicioners. Eastern/Western Equine Encephalomyelitis. 2008. Available at: http://www.aaep.org/eee_wee.htm. Accessed February 1, 2013.
* Vaccination models have to consider the (very) small risk of vaccination failure.
** Leaving horses unvaccinated does not mean that the horses will fall ill. Some horses will get a disease and others won’t. In horses who do get a disease, there will be costs related to treatment and illness but no vaccination costs. In horses who don’t get a disease, there are no costs (for treatment or vaccination).
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